Friday Humor: 10 Wierdest Headlines About ‘House’


Boat ‘Sinks’ House
The Straits Times, 30 January 1962, p.18.

House Stolen
The Straits Time, 18 May 1971, p.24.

House Dug Up
The Straits Times, 14 August 1971, p.1.

House Says ‘Yes’
The Straits Times, 30 December 1964, p.22.

Bless This House and The Toilet Too
Today, 10 May 2006, p.15.

House for Sale, Comes with Bride
Today (Afternoon Edition), 4 November 2005, p.19.

Couple Too Tall For Own House
Today, 21 July 2005, p.19.

“Sorry, We Bombed the Wrong House”
Today, 10 January 2005, p.14.

Man Sets House On Fire to Get Rid Of Guests
Today, 1 June 2005, p.19.

Grandmother Bites Buyer of Her House
The Straits Times, 25 August 2002, p.25.

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Friday Humor: 10 Most Suggestive Glass Technical Terms


Fluid Zone
The temperature zone (>1350 Fahrenheit) that glass become molten and can flow.

Full Fuse
Heating two or more pieces of glass until the slump and flow together to form one solid piece of glass.

Grinding
Using an abrasive wheel on a grinder to smoother or shape the edges of glass.

Peep Hole
A small opening in the kiln used for observation of glass during firing process.

Rigidizer
A chemical added to certain ceramic fibers to bind them into a solid state.

Rod
Cylindrical pencil-thick glass. They come in a wide range of colors and different COEs.

Sagging Process
Heating glass until it sags and conforms to the shape of the form on which it rests.

Thermocouple
The probe of a pyrometer. It is inserted into the kiln to measure the temperature.

Transitional Zone
Glass begins to change from about 900 degrees Fahrenheit to 1250 degrees Fahrenheit. The strain point is at the lower end of this temperature, while the upper end is where the softening point and the annealing point are somewhere between.

Wet Felt
Soaking a ceramic-fiber with rigidizer and using it for mold making.

Anima by Fitorio Leksono


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 Anima is a series of shelves designed by Indonesian designer Fitorio Leksono.

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Commissioned by the Jarkarta-based design company Toimoi, Anima takes inspiration from the shapes and forms of animals.

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In keeping with the fun and playful spirit of Toimoi, Anima is designed to appeal to the child within us.

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Fitorio Leksono is a product designer with Jenggala, a tableware company based in Bali. He also lectures at Ciputra University in Indonesia. His works have been exhibited in Jakarta, Singapore, Sydney and Frankfurt.

Vanke Experience Center by Urbanus


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The Vanke Experience Center by Urbanus is located in Shenzhen, China. It is the research facility of Vanke China, the largest real estate developer in the country.

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The experience center is located within an existing 1500 square meter rectangular exhibition hall that is four storeys high. With heavy, concrete supports and a regular floor plan, the old structure was sterile and uninspiring.

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In order to create a stimulating and imaginative environment, Urbanus inserted a light and transparent free form structure within the existing exhibition hall.

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The interior of the building is also an experiment in the design of convertible spaces. Multifunctional in nature, they showcase the possibilities of space.

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Urbanus is a architecture and urban design practice with offices in Shenzhen and Beijing. The firm’s works have been featured in publications such as Abitare, a+u, and Domus.

References: Zhulong, HomeWorld, BuildHR, Chinese-Architects

Xuan Lamp by INNOVO Design


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Xuan (旋), which means ‘spin’ when translated, is a hanging lamp by Innovo Design.

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The lamp, crafted out of long, thin strips of bamboo, makes use of the material’s fibrous nature. In contrast to its stiff appearance, the lamp is pliant and light, dancing and swirling to the whisper of the breeze.

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The lamp is part of the Innovo’s design series “Finding a Future for Traditions” conceived in 2009. The series reconceptualizes traditional culture and handicrafts, giving them a new lease of life in the contemporary world.

Innovo Design is a product design practice located in Hangzhou, China. Their designs have been featured at many international exhibitions, including the Milan Design Week 2011.

References: Idea-cool, Innovo

Art Museum of Yue Minjun by Studio Pei-Zhu


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The Art Museum of Yue Minjun, designed by Studio Pei-Zhu, is located near the Qingcheng Mountains, adjacent to the Shimeng River in Sichuan, China.

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Yue is one of the most successful contemporary artist in China today, and is well known for his paintings that depict large, smiling figures.

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The museum will house the works of Yue, and include an artist’s studio in addition to the exhibition space.

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The form of the building was inspired by a river rock that principal architect Pei Zhu picked up from the site.

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The exterior walls of the building are to be cladded in polished zinc, a material that endows the building with a futuristic appearance. At the same time, by mirroring its surroundings, the reflective surface also integrates the building into the natural environment.

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Studio Pei-Zhu is a Beijing-based architecture firm headed by principal architect Pei Zhu. The firm is behind the design of the Digital Beijing Building for the Summer Olympics 2008.

Reference: Zhulong

Moon Boat Salt & Pepper Shakers by Zhao Liping


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Moon Boat is a set of salt and pepper shakers by Chinese designer Zhao Liping.

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Zhao posits that the form of the design was inspired by the curves of the moon and the boat. While she does not state this explicitly, the design harks back to a popular childhood ditty titled “Curvy Moon”:

  In the faraway night sky,                                                                                                         Under the curvy moon,                                                                                                                 Is a curvy bridge.                                                                                                                 Beside the curvy bridge                                                                                                               Is a small curvy boat.                                                                                                             Sailing on the curvy boat                                                                                                             Is the girl from my childhood.[…]

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Incidentally, Zhao forwards that the egg-shaped salt and pepper shakers are like two mischievous kids playing on the boat under the moon, and that the design serves to remind people of their childhood times. Like the Cloud Lamp, the Moon Boat mixes playfulness with poetry, in a unique design language that Zhao has developed of her own.

Zhao Liping is a Chinese product designer. 

Reference: Zhao Liping

Dafen Art Gallery by Urbanus


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Dafen Art Gallery by Urbanus is located at the Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, China.

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The Dafen Art Gallery is built in the most unlikely of places, within a commercial and residential part of the city. The objective of the gallery is to combine culture and commerce with everyday life.

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The Gallery was commissioned by the state in recognition of the commercial value of cultural production. The Dafen Artist Village, famous for its small galleries that produce replicas of oil paintings, generates billions in revenue a year through the export of its products internationally.

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The Gallery is to tap onto the synergy of the village and to become a new cultural centre that allows for the co-existence of high and low art, where exhibition and trade occur simultaneously.

In order to achieve this, the connection of the Gallery to its surroundings is of utmost importance. Different pathways at different levels were designed to channel people into the site.

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Plaza spaces were also created in front of the gallery for vendors of oil painting replicas to exhibit and sell their artworks.

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Besides exhibition spaces, there are also studios spaces for rent within the gallery complex.

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Urbanus is a architecture and urban design practice with offices in Shenzhen and Beijing. The firm’s works have been featured in publications such as Abitare, a+u, and Domus.

References: Zhulong, Baidu Library, CAMA

TM Studio Office by TM Studio


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Based in Shanghai, China, TM Studio is headed by principal architect Tong Ming.

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In the renovation of their office space, a small residential unit located near Tongji University, all the non-supporting walls were torn down, expended, and merged to create one central space.

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Following that, entire walls and ceilings were cladded with wood. Movable and foldable wooden doors were then installed, to achieve a functional flexibility that equips the studio to deal with different occasions.

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Via: Chinese-Architects

Blur Hotel by Studio Pei-Zhu


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Blur Hotel by Studio Pei-Zhu is an additions and alterations project located in Beijing, China.

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The existing building, a government office described as a “backward looking pastische”, is located next to the Western Gate of the Forbidden City.

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In order to integrate the building into the historic fabric of the area, a continuous and semi-transparent façade was wrapped around the government office.

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Made in the image of a Chinese lantern, the building lights up at night to reveal the activities taking place within.

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Other strategies employed in the refurbishment include the integration of the building with its surrounding architectural typology of the courtyard house. This is achieved through the creation of alternating vertical courtyards by carving into the concrete slab floors of the existing.

In addition, the ground floor is also opened up by assigning to it public-oriented programs.

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Studio Pei-Zhu is a Beijing-based architectural firm headed by Pei-Zhu. Its designs have been featured on Domus and Architectural Record.

References: Chinese-Architects, Studio Pei-Zhu